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What Los Angeles needs in its next police chief ...

LA Times Opinion

Times editorial writer Marjorie Miller asked some of the LAPD's chief critics, supporters and stakeholders to weigh in on what qualities are needed in a new police chief.

Firefighters campaign against service cuts

Daily News

Dozens of firefighters, joined by friends and relatives, knocked on doors on the tree-lined streets of Chatsworth on Saturday, urging residents to complain to their council members about budget cuts to the Fire Department.

L.A. police chief jumps ship

Pajamas Media

As the LAPD heads into potentially rough waters, its captain, William Bratton, has decided to go ashore.

Deep prison cuts face returning state lawmakers

Associated Press

One way to save $1.2 billion is the early release of thousands of inmates.

Teens learn about prejudice in LAPD program at Museum of Tolerance

LA Times

Some L.A.-area high school students have been taking a crash course in racial profiling, discrimination and prejudice during a weeklong program that ends today at the Museum of Tolerance in West L.A.

A new police chief? Maybe November

City News Service

Bratton is scheduled to step down Oct. 31.

Eagle & Badge Foundation Gala – September 26th

On Saturday, September 26th at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel, the Los Angeles Police Protective League's Eagle & Badge Foundation will present the 2009 Eagle & Badge Gala Dinner, raising funds to help the families of police officers and the children in the communities served by LAPD.

Eagle & Badge Foundation Gala – September 26th

On Saturday, September 26th at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel, the Los Angeles Police Protective League's Eagle & Badge Foundation will present the 2009 Eagle & Badge Gala Dinner, raising funds to help the families of police officers and the children in the communities served by LAPD.

California's prison crisis: Be very afraid

Time Magazine

State prison system hobbled by massive overcrowding, program cuts and understaffed facilities.

Contract talks heat up between L.A., firefighters

LA Times

Contract talks between Los Angeles negotiators and the city firefighters union are heating up, and not in a good way.

Former U.S. Atty. Debra Yang named to L.A. police commission

LA TImes

A prominent attorney has been tapped to join the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, filling out the depleted civilian panel at a pivotal time as it begins the search for a replacement for outgoing Police Chief William J. Bratton.

Uncertain fiscal crisis awaits next governor

Union-Tribune

The next governor of California will face a financial crisis of undetermined magnitude, but most of the candidates for the job have offered scant clues as to what they would do about it.

Budget woes inflict pain on state court system

Capitol Weekly

The current round of state budget cuts has affected not only state workers, but also the employees of California 's court system. Beginning Sept. 16, California courts, facing an estimated $415 million in state budget cuts, will be closed on the third Wednesday of every month.

Retiring Los Angeles Police Chief Has Book Deal

Associated Press

Retiring Los Angeles police chief William J. Bratton has book deal; set for release in 2011.

Republicans urge cutbacks over freeing inmates early

LA Times

Plan calls for closing juvenile facilities and slashing rehabilitation programs to keep prisoners behind bars.

L.A.'s new disaster response center officially opens

LA Times

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today officially opened the city’s new $107-million, high-tech Emergency Operations Center, the nerve center where officials will coordinate the city’s response to major earthquakes, wildfires, acts of terrorism and other potential disasters and public safety threats.

At Chino, mute evidence speaks of violent riot

LA Times

Officers search for hidden weapons amid scattered debris and the smell of burned wood. Officials aren't sure when damaged dorms may reopen, stressing an already crowded prison system.

L.A. police commissioners begin search for new chief

Daily News

Los Angeles police commissioners on Tuesday began the process of replacing LAPD Chief William Bratton, saying they want to hold an open selection with extensive public involvement.

Los Angeles police commemorate Dragnet series

City News Service

A first-day-of-issue ceremony was held today for a 20-stamp set honoring TV series of the 1950s, with Los Angeles Police Department officials paying special tribute to the stamp commemorating the cop show "Dragnet."

L.A. firefighter union posts signs on impact of budget cuts

LA Times blog

The union representing Los Angeles firefighters is posting "danger" signs at firehouses where rescue units are being shut down due to strained city finances.

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